Amended December 2020
The KidSport program is an initiative of the State Government to support children aged 5 to 18 years of age from low income families to participate in community sport.
The program provides eligible Western Australian children with up to $150 per calendar year to assist in registering with an approved KidSport sporting club or organisation.
The program is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (the department) with the support of Western Australian local governments.
The department strongly advocates the benefits of involvement in community sport, not only for the physical benefits, but the positive impact on the mental and emotional wellbeing of the community.
The primary objective of the KidSport program is to reduce the financial barrier of participation in community sport for low income families.
The program is governed by the following principles:
The parent/guardian of a KidSport applicant is required to:
Applications will be assessed by the applicant’s local government of residence or by the department.
To become an approved KidSport club, organisations must meet the criteria of one of the four categories below.
The department has the final authority for determining if a club meets the mandatory criteria.
Any exceptions will be at the discretion of the department.
All KidSport approved clubs are responsible for the following:
The voucher code represents payment, or part thereof of registration/membership fees only. Clubs can only receive voucher codes from an applicant directly. The department and local governments cannot provide an applicant’s voucher code directly
to a club.
In no circumstance, can the club provide a monetary refund of a KidSport voucher to the child, parent or guardian. Funds should only be exchanged between the department and a club. No retrospective fees will be paid.
KidSport refunds e.g. club repayment to state government, may only be considered for extenuating circumstances in accordance with the Refund Guidelines.
Clubs should consider developing a policy on how they manage non-payment of fees or non-presentation of KidSport voucher codes.
Local governments who are approving KidSport applicants will enter into a service agreement with the department.
This agreement will outline the relationship of the parties and the obligations for both the local government and the department.
Local governments play a critical role in supporting the department in delivering and promoting the KidSport program across Western Australia.
The primary responsibilities of local governments are:
The KidSport financial exception is in place to assist families who are experiencing unforeseen financial hardship but do not have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card. The child, family or guardian must meet one of the following exceptions:
KidSport Financial Assessors are professional employees at agencies which provide support services for families. KidSport Financial Assessors are approved at the discretion of the department.
The primary responsibilities of KidSport Financial Assessors are as follows:
The department reserves the right, at its discretion, to verify any information that is provided as part of the KidSport program.
Local government and KidSport approved clubs are required to allow the department, or its representative, to have access to and examine the club’s records and information concerning the KidSport program.
Non-compliance with policy could result in exclusion from the KidSport program.
Contact the KidSport team at the department for further information or assistance.
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural IndustriesGPO Box 8349 Perth Business Centre WA 6849246 Vincent Street, Leederville WA 6007Telephone 61 8 9492 9911Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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